The shutdown of Israeli imports of Egyptian natural gas through Egypt's $500 million East Mediterranean Gas Company Ltd. (EMG) pipeline is now costing the Israeli economy an estimated $2.68 million per day.

Following the overthrow of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime in February the pipeline became subject to increasing attacks and is at present completely shuttered since 25 July, forcing the Israeli government to scramble for alternatives.

The Israel Electric Corporation has accordingly increased its use